On September 1st officers from Richmond RCMP’s Station Targeted Action Response Team as well as officers from the Economic Crime Section arrested a 31 year old male for allegedly selling pirated copies of video games at a local Richmond business.
In April of this year Richmond’s Economic Crime Section received information from investigators at IPSA International that a video game retail business located in the Parker Place Mall was selling pirated copies of video games. IPSA International is an independent firm which provides clients with investigative consulting & risk advisory services in areas such as anti-money laundering & fraud.
On September 1st a search warrant was executed at Penguin Village Hobbies & Entertainment located in the Parker Place Mall. A search warrant was also executed on a vehicle associated to the business which was located outside the store. Numerous copies of infringed video games were seized along with electronic devices of evidentiary value.
A 31 year old Richmond resident was released from custody & will face his first court appearance on December 2nd. Police will be forwarding a charge of selling or offering for sale an infringing copy of a work or other subject matter in which a copyright subsists for Crown’s approval.
Crackle, Sony Pictures Entertainment’s premium video entertainment network is now available in Canada, it was announced today by Eric Berger, Senior VP of Digital Networks for Sony Pictures Television (SPT).
Crackle’s unique mix of high-quality content can now be found online in Canada, as well as via distribution partners including RogersOnDemand, YouTube, Boxee, Dailymotion, and Metacafe. Advertiser supported, Crackle features high-quality original short-form series, full-length and short-form television shows, and motion pictures from the vast Sony Pictures library. The site’s content is refreshed on a regular basis and reaches a wide audience through its impressive online distribution network. Rogers Digital Media will be the ad sales agent for Crackle.com in Canada and will sell the site’s Canadian inventory across its online distribution channels.
“Through our expansion into Canada, Crackle continues to build upon its successful distribution and ad network,” said Berger. “We deliver the best content, from acclaimed originals to movie favorites that is selected and programmed with the seasoned viewer in mind.”
A sampling of Crackle titles available in Canada include Samurai X, Newsradio, Charlie’s Angels, The Three Stooges Collection, A Few Good Men and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus. Crackle’s programming will appear via the proprietary Crackle player, which provides content protection and consolidated, dynamic ad serving, available across all of its distributors.
“The partnership with Crackle.com enables Rogers Media to expand its video offering to consumers and offer advertisers high-quality branded environments,” said Claude Galipeau, SVP & GM, Digital Media at Rogers Media. “Rogers Digital Media is quickly becoming the go-to place for premium online video ad sales. We are thrilled to add this high-quality content to our already impressive stable of trusted brands.”
Beginning in mid-October, Crackle.com is set to debut a new look and feel that will make navigating the site a more intuitive experience. One of the fastest growing entertainment destinations on the Internet today Crackle.com, is ranked one of the top 10 U.S. sites in comScore* (US comScore Oct-Dec 2009, 3 month average). Online viewers experience pure entertainment: full-length movies, TV shows, and original online series – all uncut, uncensored and free. Crackle.com also recently launched in the United Kingdom and Australia.